The Phillies opened their series with the Braves last night and Tyler Cloyd was given the start. He was, in a word, awful. He needed 57 pitches to get through the first inning allowing seven runs on eight hits with two walks. Braves right-fielder Jayson Heyward went 5-for-5 with three doubles off three different Phillies pitchers and a home run. Atlanta cruised to a 7-1 victory. More here.
Last night was the final appearance for Yankees closer Mariano Rivera at Yankee Stadium. With the Yankees trailing 4-0 with one out in the eighth inning, manager Joe Girardi called in Rivera one final time in the Bronx. He threw 1.1 perfect innings then, with two outs in the ninth, Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte came out to make the emotional pitching change. Rivera cried and tipped his cap to the fans as he walked to the dugout. More here.
MLB Commissioner Bud Selig has formally announced that he will step down as commissioner following the 2014 season. His last day as commissioner will be January 24, 2015 and it will mark the second longest tenure of a MLB commissioner behind the first ever commissioner in any sport, Kenesaw Mountain Landis. More here.